| Nick Hintz |
Healthy knees are like lungs; you don’t appreciate them until they’re gone. Solutions and advice for knee pain are all over the place.
When your knees start hurting, your forced to change your exercise routine and essentially the way you move through life. Knee pain is insidious.
It starts out as a minor issue—enough to annoy you but not enough to make you stop what you’re doing—then it gets worse and becomes a constant nuisance. You shrug it off and keep going. It isn’t really pain, rather just some discomfort, and you’re “sure” it will go away soon; just another day or so… and then it gets even WORSE! Fast forward several weeks, and now your knees hurt all of the time, even when you aren’t working out. We call this “Knee Purgatory!”
Most people immediately recommend surgery, while others tell you that is the price you pay for lifting such heavy weights. The solutions you find online are even more confusing. Here’s a short list of things people recommend:
- Glucosamine chondroitin
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
One in every four adults suffer from knee pain at some point in their lives, and the statistics are even greater in athletes.
Who’s Right and What to do?
Long story, short, Knee Pain is commonly misunderstood. Aside from very rare cases, it’s extremely difficult to understand the root cause of the pain. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, however! Most Knee Pain can be remedied simply through REST.
The knee’s job is to allow the lower leg to flex while stabilizing the femur. The Knee is a perfect example of a “hinge joint” in our body, thus only moves in a single plane (forward and backward).
The main structures of the knee include:
- The femur (thigh bone)
- The tibia (shin bone)
- The patella (kneecap)
- The patellar tendon
- The medial meniscus
There are three main kinds of knee injuries:
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs).
- Traumatic injuries.
- Chronic injuries.
Although a great deal of controversial research and data shows a multitude of methods, programs, and exercises that are “best” to reduce/cure knee pain, there are 7 things that have been shown to be the “better” practices for reducing knee pain (in most cases). None of them are guaranteed fixes, but they’re your best options. Rather than list ALL 7 and poor over them, I feel it best to discuss what is believed to be the #1 most “reliable” way to reduce/cure knee pain:
STOP DOING WHATEVER IT IS THAT IS CAUSING THE PAIN!!!
As mentioned earlier, the single biggest mistake people make when dealing with repetitive stress injuries is that they ignore the early warning signs and keep training. Rarely does the pain go away on its own, and more often than not, you’re just digging yourself into a deeper and deeper hole. Moral of this Subject: Don’t ignore the signs, and don’t try to “push” through the pain…It likely won’t just disappear.
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